One of director Anthony Mann’s early films, Strangers in the Night, a Republic Pictures 56-min b-filler from 1944, is being restored by the Film Noir Foundation. To see what all the fuss is about, last night I had a look at a copy recorded from Spanish TV, which was in fair condition, if marred by big yellow sub-titles.
I found a gothic-style thriller that rarely transcend it’s b-origins. I suppose it remains of interest as an Anthony Mann project, but the direction and the production as a whole are at best competent.
A story-line about a returning WW2 vet looking for a small-town girl whom he knows only from letters is the pretext for an off-beat treatment of sexual frustration morphing into a dangerous delusion, and eventually murder. Two middle-aged b-actresses playing out a possibly lesbian menage steal the movie from the headlined stars who provide the romantic interest.
Worth a look.